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Bridging the English Channel

Cross-channel Views of the UK and Europe

Prof. Richard Rose

In or out of the European Union, the British political system is a bounded democracy. Parliamentary sovereignty and prime ministerial dictatorship can only exist in a closed political system. Britain’s economic and political interdependence with other continents sets bounds on what can be decided in Westminster and Whitehall. Even if politicians were to agree what Britain’s future relations with the EU ought to be, it can’t happen if it doesn't fit within the red lines that rule how the EU relates to member and non-member states. This blog site applies ideas and research in my forthcoming Palgrave book: HOW REFERENDUMS CHALLENGE EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY: BREXIT AND BEYOND and in REPRESENTING EUROPEANS: A PRAGMATIC APPROACH, an OUP paperback.

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